My interest in clay began in 1987 as a student at Berea College in Kentucky. My job in the ceramics studio as an apprentice was an epiphany. After a long search, I had found clay and it fit my hands like a glove. I worked as a production potter the entire time I was at Berea. By working in the ceramics studio, I was able to experiment with many types of clay, methods of creating, firing atmospheres and glazing techniques. An added benefit was the college’s craft marketing program, which encouraged and guided students toward the possibilities of craft as a career.
After graduation and some traveling about I was drawn back home to Kentucky and a desire to return to clay work. My search to get back to clay led to taking and teaching classes, and then to work as a studio artist at a small sculpture studio. During this time, I worked intensively with handbuilding techniques to create unique figurative & decorative pieces. Moving toward my dream to be my own boss, I established my business, Clay House Pots, in 1998.
My current work is focused on functional and decorative items for the home, as well as custom architectural work. My work is both wheel thrown and handbuilt, many times utilizing several techniques on one piece. I am intrigued by textures and use a variety of tools to achieve a unique finish. My inspiration comes from manipulating the clay. I find a great deal of satisfaction in being able to carve or scratch into leather hard clay, completely changing the energy of a pot.
My glaze palette evolves with time; there are standard favorites, but also many days of testing new mixtures in the studio. All glazes used on food service pieces are safe for your culinary creations and also fine for the microwave and dishwasher, although hand washing is best.